The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is equipped with three rows of seating and a comfortable interior. It is powered by one of three distinct power trains: a 3.0L V-6, 4.7L V-8, or 5.5L V-8, joined to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The GL base trim has a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel motor dependent on an after-treatment exhaust system.
The GL has exceptional driving manners, but it offers less in term of off -road abilities. It's quiet, handles well, and accelerates nicely. Standard safety systems are above average and options are available. EPA fuel economy rating is in the 17 mpg city / 21 mpg highway range.
New for 2011
With only minor changes for 2011, the Mercedes GL-Class 382-horsepower GL550 received a restyled front bumper. The entire lineup received a rearview mirror with an integrated compass and saddle-style second- and third-row head restraints. Optional are a blind-spot assist system and the mbrace telemetrics system, which incorporates safety and convenience features.
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 4.7L V-8, 5.5L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: GL350 BlueTEC Sport Utility, GL450 Sport Utility, GL550 Sport Utility
On the Outside
The GL is the largest SUV Mercedes-Benz offers, at 200.6-inches long, and comes with 19-, 20-, or 21-inch wheels and tires.
From the Inside
Standard on the Mercedes GL-Class is three-row seating, while a power-folding third row is optional. The cabin sports real wood trim and panoramic sunroof. Three-zone climate control and rear-seat entertainment system are optional.
The Mercedes GL-Class 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine has the least horsepower but the most torque of the lineup; the 400 pound-feet of torque is nine more than the GL550 offers. The transmission is excellent, steering is linear, and the big SUV does well in turns. Although it weighs nearly 5,500 pounds, it only takes 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph and requires 129 feet to stop from that speed.
Standard safety equipment on the Mercedes GL-Class are nine airbags, three-row window curtains, stability control, traction control, disc brakes with ABS and brake assist. Also standard the Mercedes Pre-Safe system with active front head restraints.
GL320 BlueTEC 4Matic: 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway
GL450 4Matic: 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway
GL550 4Matic: 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway
- Nice handling
- Quiet high-performing diesel
- Quick acceleration
- Useable third row
- Not so off-road capable
- Awkward switchgear
- Small side mirrors
Well-mannered driving but not so capable off road
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